September 5, 2022

The Basmanny Court revoked the license of Novaya Gazeta

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The newspaper's editor-in-chief, Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov called the court's decision custom-made and without legal grounds. Novaya Gazeta has been published since 1993, one of its shareholders was Mikhail Gorbachev media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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The Basmanny Court of Moscow, at the suit of Roskomnadzor, annulled the license of Novaya Gazeta, RBC was told in the press service of the court. In accordance with the decision, the publication's registration was “recognized as invalid.”

Roskomnadzor explained the claim by the failure to provide the editorial board's charter within the time limits established by the media law. In addition, the newspaper was accused of distributing material on the website of the publication mentioning the organization— foreign agent without proper marking.

The editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov, said that the court's decision was “insignificant, ordered, political.” According to him, it has no legal grounds.

“Our position was clearly formulated. We submitted all the documents, and many years ago. We will appeal. We'll go all the way to the end, that's for sure,— Dmitry Muratov told RBC.

The court's decision came a week after the death of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who helped a group of journalists decide in April 1993 to set up Novaya Gazeta. The ex-head of state owned a stake in the publication. At Gorbachev's funeral on September 3, Muratov walked in front of the coffin with his portrait.

During the existence of Novaya Gazeta, six employees died. Among them — Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot dead in the entrance of her house in Moscow in 2006. The customer of this crime has not been established.

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In October 2021, Muratov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “efforts to preserve freedom of thought as a sine qua non for democracy and peace.”

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From the end of February, Novaya Gazeta received six notifications from the Prosecutor General's Office and Roskomnadzor demanding to remove materials with “inaccurate publicly significant information.” In March, following the adoption of a law criminalizing dissemination of fake news about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces, the newspaper removed materials related to the conflict in Ukraine and ceased to cover it.

Later, having received two warnings from Roskomnadzor due to the absence of marking of foreign agents in the material, Novaya Gazeta; suspended the release of paper and online versions until the end of the military operation in Ukraine.

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